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9:10 AM ET, December 12, 2007


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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Why I Stopped Using Twitter  —  There's a lot of Twitter hype in the blogosphere today, and I've contributed plenty of my own Twitter hype in the past.  So I thought it would be a good opportunity to offer some anti-hype, derived from my own experience using Twitter — an explanation of why I STOPPED using Twitter.
Maryanne Murray Buechner / Time:
50 Top 10 Lists of 2007  —  Top 10 Gadgets  —  #1. Apple iPhone  —  The iPhone changed the way we think about how mobile media devices should look, feel and perform.  The design is exceptional inside and out: It's got a slick glass-and-stainless steel case and an elegant touch screen loaded with eye candy.
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
Penthouse Buys Group of Social-Networking Sites  —  While the influx of free and low-cost video has hurt the sale of pornographic videos, the chief executive of the Penthouse Media Group remains so bullish on the sex-related entertainment industry that he is investing $500 million in a group of social networking sites.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Forget the SanDisk Deal, NBC Direct Will Soon Have Free Downloads in HD  —  While NBC Universal is making deals left and right to try to make up for the fact that it is no longer distributing its digital TV shows through iTunes, don't get distracted by all the small-fry announcements.
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Mahalo takes a step forward with human-powered search engine  —  Jason McCabe Calacanis, CEO of Mahalo, believes that humans can outwit the machines.  This is not a replay of Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Terminator" movies.  Rather, Mahalo is a search engine that is powered by human judgment, known in Web 2.0 circles as "curation."
Rich Brown / CNET
A new face in HTPCs  —  When we first opened the PDF containing the concept images of Omaura's concept TT chassis, we thought for a second it was a large, TV-stand-ready all-in-one PC whose display had a seriously distorted aspect ratio.  We'll confess to a little disappointment once we realized …
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
Quote of the Day  —  "After debating this for the past few weeks, I've decided to make my entire flickr stream private.  —  My images are being stolen and used in ways that I am not comfortable with on an almost weekly basis, sometimes several times in a week.
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
The Next Social Network: WordPress  —  Could open-source blogging platform WordPress serve as your next social networking profile?  Chris Messina, co-founder of Citizen Agency, thinks so.  He's started a project called DiSo, for distributed social networking, that aims to "build a social network with its skin inside out."
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Helio's Ocean granted hot new native YouTube app; Downloads and Uploads now both totally mobile  —  I love YouTube.  I mean I love it.  I like unhinged videos of Mexican UFOs, crazy Japanese gameshows, and Lohan falling down.  It's unlimited entertainment, because there are more hours …
Frank Dorman / Federal Trade Commission:
FTC And Seven States Sue Payment Processor that Allegedly Took Millions from Consumers' Bank Accounts on Behalf of Fraudulent Telemarketers and Internet-based Merchants  —  The Federal Trade Commission and seven state attorneys general have charged a payment processor with violating federal …
Jason Szep / Reuters:
"w00t" crowned word of year by U.S. dictionary  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - "w00t," an expression of joy coined by online gamers, was crowned word of the year on Tuesday by the publisher of a leading U.S. dictionary.  —  Massachusetts-based Merriam-Webster Inc. said "w00t" — typically spelled with two zeros …
Discussion: Joystiq and Digg
Stephen Shankland / CNET
SWsoft renames itself Parallels  —  SWsoft, a start-up selling the Virtuozzo server virtualization software, has renamed itself Parallels after a product line better known among consumers that lets Windows run on Intel-based Macs.  —  "When we talk to partners, media, analysts, the channel …
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Online, in touch, up to speed: UK's social network obsessives are European leaders  —  One in four UK adults do it 23 times a month.  And Britons do it more often than anyone else in world, except for Canadians.  The obsession is with social networking, which according to a report published today …
Discussion: The Open Road
Chris Kanaracus / InfoWorld:
Interoperability is top open-source customer worry  —  San Francisco - The Open Solutions Alliance, a nonprofit group backed by a number of commercial open-source vendors, released a survey on Wednesday that found interoperability is a foremost concern among open-source-software customers.
Discussion: The Open Road
Chris Sorensen / Toronto Star:
Rogers website messages irk Google  —  Critics say corporate notices violate `Net neutrality'  —  Search engine giant Google Inc. says it's "concerned" about efforts by Rogers Communications Inc. to insert branded corporate messages into third-party websites, a move critics say is a case …
Discussion: WebProNews and p2pnet
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
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